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Carol O'Dell Patient Expert

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Carol D. O’Dell’s world changed the day she was adopted. Taken from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and raised by adoring parents of a fiery faith, Carol was steeped in Bible stories and bedtime stories. She is drawn to the Southern, the reverent and irreverent found in art, nature, faith,... Full Bio
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How to Choose a Care Facility for Your Elder Parent or Spouse by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s not that most caregiving families want to, but there may come a time when your spouse’s or elder-parent’s care becomes more than you can physically or emotionally man ... Read on »
Honoring our Dads on Memorial Day–Remembering Our Elders by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I’m heading to France this summer and I’m taking a small photo of my dad standing in front of the Eiffel Tower during World War II. This Memorial Day we honor those who ... Read on »
How to Get Through Grief by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Forget Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief. They’re merely a jumping off point. Grief isn’t linear. Grief is multi-layered and doubles back on itself. Grief is raw. For man ... Read on »
What I’ve Learned About Life from Caregiving by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Being a full-time caregiver for several years and going the “last mile”has taught me a thing or two. I allowed (not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually) my ... Read on »
The Oldest Woman Who Ever Lived: Aging with Wit and Grace, What Do You Have In Common With Her? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Highlights of Jeanne’s Louise Calment’s Amazing Life:  Born the year Tolstoy published Anna Karennina Born one year after Alexander Graham Bell invent ... Read on »
When Alzheimer’s Turns Violent and Dangerous: What’s a Family to Do? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving CNN reported this week on people with Alzheimer’s who develop violent tendencies. This is the silent story that many families don’t want to talk about.  Family members (ak ... Read on »
Celebrating My Mother’s 100th Birthday: 1911-2011 by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Today, my mother would have been 100 years old. I’m celebrating. She left this earth eight years ago, but she hasn’t left me. I spent the last three years of her life bein ... Read on »
Caregiving and My Parent’s Marriage, Lessons Learned Along the Way by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregiving my mom carried many ironic gifts. One is that I witness how love goes on–after death. My parent’s marriage lasted for 52 years. They faced the Great Depressi ... Read on »
The Happy Caregiver: A Positive Attitude Impacts Your Health by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The happy caregiver–is that an oxymoron? Not at all. Yes, caregiving is inherently stressful, but it also has many rewards. A recent study featured on Good Morning America ... Read on »
Caregiving and Keeping the Love Alive: Do’s For Caregivers by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregiving and romance doesn’t seem to go hand-in-hand, but in many ways, it’s the epitome of real love. To care for a spouse, to set aside other aspects of your life and ... Read on »
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Issues: Mom (or Dad) is Mad and Won’t Talk to Me by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A friend of mine told me that she confronted her mom about her memory loss and told her she was concerned it might be dementia or Alzheimer’s. Like many caregivers her hop ... Read on »
Women and Caregiving, The Truth About What’s Going on Behind the Front Door by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Many people think that caregiving and womanhood go hand-in-hand. We’re nurterers by nature, we’re led to believe. Probably because they don’t want to do it (whoever “they” ... Read on »
Caregiving and the Holidays, Is this Your Last Christmas Together? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My friend Amy opens her front door and a hospice care person steps inside. They walk back to Amy’s dad’s room–a small Christmas tree sits on table positioned for him to se ... Read on »
Caregiver, Do You Feel All Alone? Where to Find Caregiving Support by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving There may be 50 million caregivers in the United States, but you feel all alone. You’re stuck at home, going to and from a nursing home or care facility, you’re curled up ... Read on »
Happy Thanksgiving and Pass the Memories by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Thanksgiving is more than just turkey, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Sights, smells and recipes conjures childhood in a way nothing else can. As my mother’s daught ... Read on »
How I Survived (and Thrived) in My Caregiving Years by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving One of the most challenging and heart wrenching parts of caregiving was that I felt I was losing little parts of me every day–my intellect, my creativity, my humor, my f ... Read on »
What Do You Do When You Want to Give Up Caregiving, But You Can’t by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “I quit!” That’s what you’d like to say some caregiving days.  You feel like crap. You’ve gained a ton of weight. Your life consists of round the clock care–ofte ... Read on »
Are Your Parents Prejudice? A Common Caregiving Concern by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My parents were prejudice and I know I’m not alone. When my mother began aging her inhibitions fell to the wayside and I knew that taking her out in public or having someo ... Read on »
Caregiver, Do You Have Super-Hero Syndrome? Do You Like Caregiving a Bit Too Much? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you’re a nurse or a doctor you care for the sick. It’s something people admire. You get told you made their pain go away. Every once in a while when something goes righ ... Read on »
Are You a Helicopter Caregiver? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Hover mother. Helicopter mom. They have a name for parents who micro-manage their kid’s lives and have a hard time letting go. But what if you’re a caregiver and you have ... Read on »